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Tractor trailer rig teaches grandchildren how to drive
I built this tractor-trailer rig to teach my grandchildren how to drive. I used parts from three different garden tractors to make the tractor which is powered by a 7-hp. Kohler engine and fitted with a 5-speed friction drive transmission, which means they have to learn how to clutch. It's geared down so top speed is just 6 to 7 mph. The sides are made out of wood and I fashioned the hood out of fiberglass. Both the trailer and tractor are painted bright red. The trailer has a 5th wheel hitch so they can learn how to handle it, backing up and so on. My grandchildren, ranging from age 3 to age 11, love to drive it. !set up a course with orange traffic cones for them to practice on. It's fun and they learn a valuable skill. (Rich Kuehnert, 3627 Kroemer Rd., Ft. Wayne, Ind. 46818 ph 219 483-5221)

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1993 - Volume #17, Issue #1